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I love telling stories and hearing stories. Who doesn’t? I went to the National Storytelling Festival for the first time last year and loved it! I heard the most amazing storytellers, and learned so much from them. It got me geared up and ready for my own scary stories night at the library for Halloween, which turned out to be a huge success and a blast.

However, as the saying goes ‘practice makes perfect’, and while I don’t think any storyteller can ever be perfect – (the imperfections are part of what makes each storyteller unique and wonderful) – a little practice and observation is good for everyone.

So, if you’re a storyteller or just enjoy hearing stories you should check out this free monthly open-mic night at Dominican University in partnership with Illinois Storytelling Inc. I certainly plan to take part, even if I just feel like sitting back and listening in… I might, at the very least, learn a great new story to share.

 

This following info is from the Illinois Storytelling Inc. calendar online:

 

April 4 – River Forest Open Mic Storytelling

DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY is now sponsoring a ONCE A MONTH open mic event for storytelling. Open Mic Night will be the first Saturday of the month, so mark your calendar and bring your stories. Bring your friends who want to learn how to tell stories. Bring your neighbors who want to hear stories. Eight minutes each.

7:00pm in the Rebecca Crown Room – it’s in the Springer
Suites on the lower level of the Rebecca Crown Library at Dominican University in River Forest.

Park in the west parking lot and go down the ramp; Springer Suites is direcly to the right as you enter.

There is a cafe just outside the room with coffee drinks and sandwiches.

7900 West Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305

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For more information: jdelnegro@dom.edu or megan@meganwells.com

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Although this isn’t library related, I’m sure there are a lot of pet lovers in the library community who will relate, and can appreciate this.

The past few weeks brought back a lot of not so pleasant memories for me. It’s been two years since my wonderful, little old cat Skippy became a victim of the Menufoods pet food recall. She’s been fighting like anything for those two years with only 30% of her kidney function left, and heart problems to boot. The fight is getting tougher.

A couple of weeks ago she ended up in the hospital again with heart failure brought on by the subcutaneous fluids she was receiving to support her kidney function. She’s still fighting.

She made about three trips to hang out on the porch this morning before I had to go in to work. She just wanted to enjoy the morning sun and fresh air. She’s that kind of cat. And, she’s super cute. Here’s a pic of her on one of the many camping trips we’ve taken with her since she became sick.

Skippy in the woods at Roche-A-Cri State Park in Wisconsin.

Skippy in the woods at Roche-A-Cri State Park in Wisconsin.

Here’s to you Skippy the cat!! You’re the best cat in the whole, wide world!

I know there were a lot of cats out there who weren’t as fortunate as Skippy cat, and my sincerest sympathies go out to their owners. I saw many of them in the veterinary hospital waiting room every day that we went to visit Miss Skippy while she was herself fighting for life.

I’m very thankful that we were so lucky, but I also wish it had never happened. I learned a lot about the pet food industry the hard way, and I hope people will start putting more thought into what they feed their pets. I know I do.

For Skippy all it took was one week off her usual prescription diet food eating Iams select bites, and it changed everything for her and for me.

Today I came across a great article about what ingredients to look for in pet food on the SoulMates Animal Care Weblog. You can read it here.

There is great power in knowledge, and even greater power in knowing how to use it.

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Check out the Camping Club page for UPDATE 2009. We have decided on our destinations for this summer. If you’re interested in meeting up for coffee/tea/hot cocoa or marshmallows leave a comment or send me an email.

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Okay, I just love The Onion and I think I may love H.P. Lovecraft just as much, so I was “rolling on the floor” when I read this article over a yummy Reese’s brownie at Rockwell’s Grill this past weekend. (They are the best brownies in the whole wide world!) So, when I stumbled across it again online I just had to share… (And yes, I think it does qualify for things that make me go “hmmm…” at the library – Lovecraft often makes me go “hmmm…” at the library or at home or while camping – pretty much always.)

“Lovecraftian School Board Member Wants Madness Added To Curriculum”

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Okay, well it’s not quite that dramatic… but darn close – at least if you were to ask me oh a year ago.  Once graduation hit I went from the small and comfortable library in Brookfield to a larger library in Wheeling, and then to an even larger library in Chicago!  All in a matter of months…  It was a little stressful, but I learned so much from the experience and I really should have reported back here, but my new job in Chicago kept me very, very busy…

So, what do I like about Chicago?  I love the kids I’m helping, and the people in the community who really care about what happens there.  The excellent continuing education possibilities are incredible here.  It’s great to be able to preview the books before you order them.  However, I miss the gaming and the technology, the blogs and the podcasting.  I keep hoping I’ll be able to get it going, and maybe I will.  There are laptops on the way I think, so hopefully I can use those for some hands-on stuff with the kids. 

They love the computers, but I don’t think they know just how much they can do with them.  I’d like to show them, but I need the equipment to do it.  Gaming is sorely missed by me…  It’s rather frowned upon here so we have no games or equipment, and purchasing the equipment myself is a bit out of my price range.   I had considered taking my PS2 to the branch occasionally, but then my car was stolen.  So, probably won’t be doing that now. 

Life is weird, and wherever I go I learn a lot.  Oh yeah, one of the things I love most about being here is being able to tell stories!

I went to the National Storytelling Festival last fall and I think I’d like to make a podcast blog of stories I’m learning.  It’s definitely on my to do list. 

More later – cause I’m back!

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That’s right!  We’ve got three fine camping destinations picked out for the upcoming summer already.  (I know it’s still really cold out, but we like to think ahead – makes us feel warmer.)  Check out the Loony Librarian – Wacky Web Developer Camping Club page for more details.

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I love The Onion.

Area Eccentric Reads Entire Book!!

Sad part is – it’s not that far from the truth these days…

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